Ummid Assistant

Applications open for Manmohan scholarship at Cambridge

Opportunities for Indian students in US

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » National

AFSPA must replaced with amended CrPC: Meghalaya Governor

Sunday January 27, 2013 01:48:32 PM, IANS

Shillong: Meghalaya Governor R.S. Mooshahary Sunday advocated that the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) must be replaced with an amended Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) so that both security forces and civilians rights are protected.

"AFSPA represents the face of the security force, but the CrPC does not. So, it needs to be replaced with some act that is both for the civilians and the armed forces," Mooshahary told IANS.

"The AFSPA should be repealed and instead the CrPC must be amended suitably with relevant provisions for protection of the rights of the security forces together with those of the civilians," he suggested.

Mooshahary, who favoured the repeal of AFSPA in the region, said that prolonged use of the AFSPA has alienated the civil society.

"We cannot contain insurgency related violence by alienating the citizens; we can do so more effectively by involving them. If the CrPC is amended, it would not be an isolated act only for the civilians, but also be dealing with the rights of the security forces," the former chief of the elite National Security Guard said.

"In the amended act the rights of the security forces as well as the civilians can be adequately taken care of."

The AFSPA was passed in 1990 to grant special powers and immunity from prosecution to security forces to deal with raging insurgencies in northeastern states - in large parts of Manipur, Tripura, Assam and Nagaland and some parts of Meghalaya and in Jammu and Kashmir.

The act is targeted by local human rights groups and international campaigners such as Amnesty International, which say the law has been an excuse for extrajudicial killings.

Amnesty has campaigned vociferously against the legislation, which it sees as a stain on India's democratic credentials and a violation of international human rights laws.

However, army officials dealing in counter-insurgency have maintained that it is for the central and the state governments to decide whether to repeal or continue the act.

"Human right groups never speak against the violence committed against security forces. For the men in uniform, the AFSPA is one of the acts that gives their human rights protection," said an army official, who is involved in counter-insurgency operations in Manipur.

Irom Sharmila Chanu, a human rights activist, has been on indefinite hunger strike for nearly a decade in Manipur, demanding the withdrawal of the AFSPA from the state.

Several human rights groups, including the powerful North East Students' Organisation (NESO), has also been demanding withdrawal of the AFSPA from the northeast.

"Instead of solving the militancy problem in the northeast, the act is complicating the situation. It has resulted in a war between the people and the members of the armed forces," said NESO chairman Samuel Jyrwa.

In view of the outcry against the AFSPA, the central government had appointed a five-member committee headed by Supreme Court Justice B.P. Jeevan Reddy a few years ago to examine whether the legislated law was required or not.

After visiting all affected states, the committee submitted its report to the central government in October 2006. The union government has not yet made the findings public.

Not only the Jeevan Reddy's Committee, the Administrative Reforms Commission headed by Veerappa Moily too has recommended that the controversial act must be reviewed.




Home | Top of the Page


Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS



More Headlines

Verma Panel endorses Market-sponsored Feminism

Ashis Nandy booked under SC/SC Act

No police permission, but JAC firm on Telangana protest

Harvard varsity students plan India-Pakistan peace vigil

Karnataka governor says CM Shettar has majority for now

Islamaphobic Lego toy angers Austria's Turkish community

Five arrested in London for anti gay, mini-skirt video

Nandy says backward classes are corrupt; Dalit leader upset

Ramayana in Arabic unveiled in Jaipur Lit Fest


Top Stories

Military hardware, cultural diversity blend at R-Day parade

There was a perfect blend of indigenous military hardware and rich cultural diversity at India's 64th Republic Day parade here Saturday, as the country showcased its rapid military strides as well as its roots with the past.  »

PM pays homage to the unknown soldier

Manipur blast mars Republic Day


  Most Read

Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) and contemporary Muslims

It is extremely difficult for the Muslims of today to imagine and much less to endure the hardships that the Prophet (pbuh) and his companions underwent. In the ninth year of his mission,  »

Ashis Nandy booked under SC/SC Act

Renowned sociologist Ashis Nandy was Saturday booked here under the SC/ST Act for his comment at a session at the Jaipur Literature Festival that Dalits, tribals and other backward classes (OBCs) are more linked to corruption, police  »

Nandy says backward classes are corrupt; Dalit leader upset


  News Pick

30 killed in Egypt clashes over death verdict

At least 30 people died and over 300 others were injured Saturday in Port Said city in clashes sparked by death sentencing of 21 people over last year's football riots in Egypt, BBC reported citing officials. The clashes   »

Karnataka governor says CM Shettar has majority for now

Karnataka Governor H.R. Bhardwaj said Saturday that the Jagadish Shettar ministry has majority but he will direct the chief minister to seek trust vote if need arises. "I will not ask the Shettar government to prove majority   »

Harvard varsity students plan India-Pakistan peace vigil

In the wake of tensions between India and Pakistan, South Asian students of Harvard University have planned a 'global vigil' Sunday for peace between the two countries. Sponsored by the South Asia Centre, Boston,   »

Pranab warns Pakistan, hails Indian youth and woman

In his maiden Republic Day eve speech, President Pranab Mukherjee warned Pakistan not to take India's friendship for  »

Complete Text of President's Republic Day address


Picture of the Day

Pradeep sings “Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon” before prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru at R.M. School, Mumbai, March 21, 1963. It is a song that is sung on every patriotic occasion, had moved India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, to tears and its strong morale-boosting words provided solace to a nation agonized by the defeat in the 1962 India-China war.


Recommend the story to your friends



RSS  |  Contact us


| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant



Science & Technology



About us




Government Schemes










Contact us


The Funny Side

Education & Career

    Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2012 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.